- Enjoy a selection of excursions in the tropical island of Saint Lucia
- Discover some of the secret beaches of Antigua
- Explore the beautiful French Caribbean island of Martinique
Stunning places to visit in Barbados
When visiting Barbados, there are some stunning locations and experiences that cannot be missed. Saunter around the boutique shops and tea houses in Bridgetown and enjoy duty-free shopping at your fingertips.
Beautiful, glittering beaches will greet you at every turn - but be sure to visit Mullins beach, one of the most popular destinations on the West coast. Golden sands and a calm sea is stereotypical of this exceptional beach which couples natural beauty with authentic bars and rum taverns.
Bathsheba is layered with pastel houses that line the cliff tops creating a unique, picture-perfect scene. The gardens and churches that surround Bathsheba are also not to be missed. Enjoy a leisurely stroll amongst the gardens before treating yourself to the taste of a refreshing rum - a Bajan delicacy.
Whether you’re a foodie or a coming with your family, you won’t be disappointed by this unique gem of the Caribbean.
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With a wealth of different activities available across the island, there’s never a dull day on a Barbados holiday.
Our top picks for things to do in Barbados:
See the Soup Bowl
This legendary wave on Barbados’s east coast near Bathsheba is well-known as the having best surfing in Barbados and is even known as one of the best waves to surf in the Caribbean. Attracting professionals and aspiring surfers from all around the world, Barbados is a top spot for luxury surfing holidays. You can either have a go yourself on one of the calmer waves or sit back and watch the professionals tackle the swells.
Go on a Cool Runnings IV Catamaran Cruise
Get out onto the waves and discover what lies at the horizon aboard a luxury catamaran. In addition to delicious food, sunbathing and spectacular views, you’ll also get the chance to snorkel in the deep sea – perhaps you’ll even encounter one of Barbados’s famous hawksbill turtles.
Party at Grand Kadooment Day
The finale of Crop Over festival is not one to be missed. This all-day and all-night party in August, where the streets are filled with music, food and celebrations is the best way to experience Bajan culture.
Visit the Mount Gay Distillery
You don’t need to be a rum lover to enjoy joining a tour of this distillery, where the world’s most famous rum is produced. A top 10 experience in Barbados, you'll learn about the history and the distillation process and even discover a love for this unique spirit.
Time difference: Barbados is 5 hours behind the UK (GMT -5 hours)
Flight duration: The flight to Barbados is about 8 hours 30 minutes long.
Currency: Barbados dollar (BBD) although US and Canadian dollars are also accepted.
Language: The official language of Barbados is English, and in many places, you will find English spoken with a Bajan dialect which is a combination of English and West African languages.
Visa Information: British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Barbados. Visit the UK Government website for the most up to date travel advice.
When is the best time to travel to Barbados?
Barbados has been a long-standing favourite among British travellers looking for some winter sun because the weather in Barbados is the opposite of ours in the UK, meaning that while a Christmas here means cold, a holiday in Barbados at Christmas means nothing but sun, sea and sand.
During this time of the year, there is little chance of rain and daily temperatures typically hover around 30C, meaning that there is nothing stopping you from getting the most of the beach. But, because the weather is most dependable during this period, it’s also the busiest time to go.
Between June and September is also a good time to travel. Although this is during hurricane season, typically the worst of the weather doesn’t hit until September and October, and the afternoon rains generally don't last too long. Moreover – it’s less busy in this period and you’ll also be able to join Crop Over, Barbados’ biggest festival.
Transfers & Getting Around
Barbados is an island nation located in the Atlantic Ocean and is part of a group of islands known as the Lesser Antilles. The island is in the Atlantic time zone and so is 4 hours behind UK time. It is the most easterly island in the Caribbean and is approximately 20 miles long and 15 miles wide.
The inner island is made up of tropical gardens and beautiful forests, while on the west of the island is Barbados’s most famous platinum white beaches. By contrast, the east is less-populated and offers a setting of dramatic rock formations and fantastic surf, while the south is more developed, and home to the airport and the nightlife hotspot of Saint Lawrence Gap.
Flights come into Grantley Adams International Airport, where you will be met by our representatives for your transfer to your hotel; by car or helicopter depending on your preference. Given Barbados’s size, it’s easy and quick to get around, and should you wish to explore, a fun way to get around is by hiring an open-air ‘Moke’. On your return home, access to the Barbados Airport Lounge is available to our clients for a relaxing start to your journey.
What is the food in Barbados like?
Bajan cuisine combines a love of chilli and seafood with British, Indian, Creole, Portuguese and African influences to create dishes that are bursting with colour and flavour, and sincerely like nothing else in the world.
Staples of Bajan cuisine include fish or meat, rice and starchy vegetables, which generally form the backbone of most dishes. While you may encounter familiar foods such as tuna, potatoes, coleslaw and pasta, you’ll also find many ingredients that may be less familiar to you including seafood such as flying fish, mahi-mahi, conch and swordfish or vegetables such as cassava, plantain and breadfruit.
Popular Bajan dishes include:
Barbados’s national dish, made from a mixture of cornmeal and okra traditionally served with flying fish and gravy.
Pudding and Souse
Traditionally eaten on Sundays, this dish combines a ‘pudding’ made from sweet potato and spices, served with ‘souse’, a mixture of pickled pork mixed with onion, cucumber, peppers and parsley.
Made with salt fish mixed with a unique blend of Bajan herbs and spices, dipped in batter and deep-fried, and served with generous helpings of hot sauce.
Also known simply as ‘pie’, this Bajan twist on macaroni and cheese is commonly served as a side to fried meat or flying fish and contains a delicious blend of chillies, herbs and spices.
Throughout the year Barbados plays host to a calendar packed with vibrant music-filled festivals and celebrations that provide an unbeatable insight into Bajan culture: no holiday in Barbados is truly complete until you’ve joined the festivities.
Beginning in June and lasting until the first Monday in August each year, Bajans all around the country take to the streets for 6 weeks of celebrations to mark the end of the sugar cane harvest. With streets filled with dancing, brightly coloured costumes, traditional music and art, it’s difficult to resist getting swept up in the party.
Oistins Fish Festival
A visit to Oistin is already part of our top 10 experiences, however, every Easter, Oistins, a traditional fishing village to the south of Bridgetown, hosts a festival to celebrate the fishing trade. In addition to stalls filled with delicious fresh fish, you’ll also find tons of fun competitions to take part in, including a race to debone a fish and to climb to the top of a greased pole.
Sandy Lane Gold Cup
Each year at the end of February or the beginning of March, the Garrison Savannah Racetrack in Bridgetown hosts the Sandy Lane Gold Cup, the largest horse racing event in the country. Aside from the races, there’s also a range of family-friendly events including theatre shows, tournaments and, of course, barbecues.
In May each year, Bajan gospel and spiritual music is celebrated with a week-long programme of performances by gospel artists from all around the world. Whether you’re religious or simply curious, there’s no better way to get a feel for how central gospel music and spirituality are to Bajan culture.
Every March or April, you can join a celebration of beach culture at Silver Sands Beach on the south coast. You can watch watersports professionals participate in competitions, visit local art exhibitions, join music-filled celebrations and take part in beach themed competitions.
A family-friendly celebration of Bajan agriculture taking place each February in Bridgetown’s Queen’s Park. Livestock displays, craft stalls, competitions, food and children’s activities galore are just some of what you can expect.
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